NorCal NPL Fall Showcase Preview: U17 Girls
NPL 1 EAST PREVIEW
As only West Coast Soccer have clinched a Champions League spot, a whopping five of the U17 Girls NPL 1 East teams still remain in contention for the final three places. While West Coast currently enjoys a two-point cushion at the top of the league with 15 points, they don’t actually control their own title destiny as second-place Pleasanton Rage (13 points) and third-place Blues FC NPL (13 points) each have a game in hand over West Coast. Livermore Fusion SC (12 points), Davis Legacy Red (11 points) and California Odyssey SC (7 points) all also remain in the hunt, though the Legacy have played one more game than the other three.
NPL 1 WEST PREVIEW
Featuring an incredible +18 goal differential over their first six games, Lamorinda SC United have thus far been the only team to clinch a Champions League berth with 16 points overall. Mustang SC NPL Academy sit four points behind Lamorinda but have a game in hand and by the time the two teams meet up Saturday, Mustang could be only one point off the pace. Marin FC Blue (11 points), CV SJ Earthquakes Academy (11 points) and Diablo FC NPL (10 points) all look most likely to contend with Mustang for the final three CL spots, but the Earthquakes have just one game left to play, compared to two for Marin and Diablo.
NPL 2 EAST PREVIEW
Clovis Crossfire Blue come into the weekend as the clear favorites to win the U17 Girls NPL 2 East division and garner the spring NPL 1 spot from the result, but two other teams could help administer an upset. Sitting five points behind the Crossfire with 14, the San Juan SC Spirits Blue could help play spoiler as the pair meet on Saturday. Should the Spirits win, it would open up a chance for second-place California Odyssey South Black (17 points), who the Spirits play on Sunday.
NPL 2 WEST PREVIEW
The U17 Girls NPL 2 West title could be decided as early as Saturday when MLVA Man U White (17 points) meet San Ramon FC NPL (14 points) in one of the divisions four weekend fixtures. With a victory, MLVA will clinch the title, but a draw will mean that San Ramon can take the title the following day with a victory over third-place De Anza Force (6 points) as Saturday is MLVA’s final fixture of the season. Should San Ramon defeat MLVA, they will win the league due to a superior head-to-head record.